The Center for Life Course and Vulnerable Population Research (CLVR) is an integrated program that brings together a multidisciplinary group, including researchers, community service providers, clinicians and community members. The objective of the center is to enhance inclusion of vulnerable/special populations in research, with an emphasis on research that seeks to bridge developmental transitions throughout the life course. Through investigator support services, education, and community outreach, the Center seeks to ensure that vulnerable populations and the voice of the community are reflected in our research.
Funding and Educational Opportunities in Life Course Course and Vulnerable Population Research
Pilot Project Grants
Pilot project grants are one-year competitive awards in the categories of Clinical and Translational Research (up to $30,000) and Life Course Research (up to $50,000).
Find out more about the Pilot Project program and guidelines for life course research support.
Proposal Development Support for Pilot Projects
ACTRI began offering Life Course or Vulnerable Population Research as a category in the Pilot Project Program. Prior to submission, the Center offers reviews and advice on potential relevance of a proposed pilot project concept idea as it relates to life course research. For more information, please contact
UC San Diego Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Seminar: Life Course Research–FMPH 291
This course examines life course research for health sciences. Emphasis will be placed on methodologies employed to estimate cumulative effects from earlier life exposures and biologic pathways to describe risks on health and disease across the life course. This course will be offered in the Winter quarter and is open to graduate level students at UC San Diego, CREST, and San Diego State University. Undergraduate degree is required. Successful completion of an introductory statistics or biostatistics is encouraged. Background courses in Life Sciences (biology, natural science, etc.) are also encouraged.
Seminars and Symposia
View Previous Life Course Seminars, Symposia, Training and Workshops
Cohorts for Life Course Research
There are many data resources that have collected longitudinal measures throughout sensitive periods of growth and development applicable to life course research. In the Cohorts listings, resources are open (through mechanisms noted) to public collaboration and highlight a variety of research areas.
Click here to view the Cohorts listings.
UCSD Biospecimen Library
There are biospecimens in Rady and UCSD biorepositories that were collected in a manner which allows them to be used in future research. With the PI permission, we have created a biospecimen library, where catalogued information about the sample type, associated clinical data, parameters for future use, and PI contact information is maintained. The library will be updated to include additional resources as they become available. Investigators interested in adding banked biospecimens to the library should contact
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Upcoming Events of Interest to Life Course Researchers
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Andrea LaCroix, PhD
Professor & Division Chief, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine
Tala Al-Rousan, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity